Amazing Second World War Pictures: Part 1

A German messenger dies on the tracks. Seems like the eastern front. Russia has the muddy slush.

Dead German soldiers in Stalingrad. Seems like a massacre. The Russians were ruthless.

Dead soldiers, destroyed tank

The dead at Stalingrad. Wonder how they dies. Aerial bombardment? Or Russians spraying bullets from heavy machine guns?

The vanquished: German POW. Sad state of an once proud and aggressive army.

Two emaciated American civilians, Lee Rogers left and John C. Todd, sit outside a gym which had been used as a Japanese prison camp following their release by Allied forces liberating the city.Philippines,1945

German soldiers prepare for an execution of partisans. Chilling.



Shani said...

I don't think I quite agree with the view your captions seems to have. For example, the one where "German" soldiers lay "massacred" by the "ruthless" Russians. Do you have even the slightest idea of what the Russians went through at Stalingrad alone? The people held out for years while the Germans continued their poorly timed and poorly planned invasion. The Russian citizens were so hungry they ate the glue out of books because it was rumored to be made with some sort of potato starch. They called it "library candy". And throughout the whole war, the Russians lost approximately 11 million soldiers and 7 million citizens. That is 3 times as many Jews that were lost in the holocaust (no offense intended at all, just put in for emphasis)!
I mean, come on! What other choice did the Russians have? Plus, if you ask me, the Russians were pretty much just minding their own business in their own country. The Germans were the ones who chose to invade, poorly equipped might I add. Ask any political scientist familiar with WW2 what the biggest mistake was and they'll say, "the land war in Asia."
No offense is intended but, I believe that the captions are unfairly biased. Seeing as you seem to have such a plethora of pictures, you're a very good source of pictures, but not necessarily unbiased information.

Deepraj Jadeja said...

Thank you for the comment.

We have no bias. It is well known that Germany was the aggressor and Russia was only fighting for its survival. The aim of the post to stress on the utter bestiality that all sides sank into during WW2. The brutality of the Germans has been portrayed in many other posts.


Anonymous said...

Remember that the Soviet Union entered WW2 as an ally of Germany!

kursk said...

I believe that most of the German dead in those pictures, have been dumped at a collecting point. If you look to the left of the main picture of the corpse, you will see a panzer crewman stripped of his trousers..I doubt he was killed outside of his fighting vehicle..

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"War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man."
--Napoleon Hill

"We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide."
--Havelock Ellis

'Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
--Mao Tse-Tung (1893 - 1976)

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
--George McGovern

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--Joseph Stalin

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
--Voltaire, War

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-- Aeschylus

"The ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies. Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery."
--Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
--Adolf Hitler

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--George Orwell

"Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country."
--Bertrand Russell

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
--Francis Meehan

Snippets From History

German Soldiers in Russia: Part 1

Hubert Menzel was a major in the General Operations Department of the OKH (the Oberkommando des Heers, the German Army headquarters), and for him the idea of invading the Soviet Union in 1941 had the smack of cold, clear logic to it: 'We knew that in two years' time, that is by the end of 1942, beginning of 1943, the English would be ready, the Americans would be ready, the Russians would be ready too, and then we would have to deal with all three of them at the same time.... We had to try to remove the greatest threat from the East.... At the time it seemed possible.'

Battle for Berlin, 1945

'We started to fire at the masses,' says one former German machine gunner. 'They weren't human beings for us. It was a wall of attacking beasts who were trying to kill us. You yourself were no longer human.'


Berlin after it fell to the Russians, 1945

"Vladlen Anchishkin, a Soviet battery commander on the 1st Ukrainian Front, sums up the horror of the whole event, when he tells how he took personal revenge on German soldiers: 'I can admit it now, I was in such a state, I was in such a frenzy. I said, 'Bring them here for an interrogation' and I had a knife, and I cut him. I cut a lot of them. I thought, 'You wanted to kill me, now it's your turn.'
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Dramatic Pictures: Battle For Stalingrad
"...Effective command no longer possible... further defense senseless. Collapse inevitable. Army requests immediate permission to surrender in order to save lives of remaining troops."
General Paulus' radio message to Hitler on January 24, 1943

"...Capitulation is impossible. The 6th Army will do its historic duty at Stalingrad until the last man, the last bullet..."

Hitler's response to General Friedrich Paulus' request to withdraw from the city


Points To Ponder....

The fall of France was shocking. It reduced France to virtually a non-player in the Second World War. The efforts of Charles de Gualle were more symbolic than material. But the martial instincts of the French must never be doubted. Under Napoleon they were a formidable military power. The French definitely have more iron in their blood then say, the Italians [I do not mean it in a derogatory sense. War never makes sense]


Bias Of Western Historians

Soviet resistance made possible a successful Allied invasion of France, and ensured the final Allied victory over Germany.

It can hardly be called mere 'resistance'! If it hadn't been for the Russians, Hitler would have made mincemeat of British forces in Africa and landed on British shores in no time. Hitler attacked Russia first because it had more land and resources than Britain. It is as simple as that.

Eastern Front: Bias Of Western Historians